Alex de Waal is the Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation. Considered one of the foremost experts on Sudan and the Horn of Africa, his scholarly work and practice has also probed humanitarian crisis and response, human rights, HIV/AIDS and governance in Africa, and conflict and peace-building.

In 1988, he received a D.Phil. in social anthropology at Nuffield College, Oxford for his thesis on the 1984-5 Darfur famine in Sudan. The next year he joined the Africa division of Human Rights Watch, only to resign in December 1992 in protest for HRW's support for the American military involvement in Somalia. He was the first chairman of the Mines Advisory Group at the beginning of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. He set up two independent human rights organizations, African Rights (1993) and Justice Africa (1999), focusing respectively on documenting human rights abuses and developing policies to respond to human rights crises, notably in Rwanda, Somalia and Sudan. From 1997 to 2001, he focused on avenues to peaceful resolution of the second Sudanese Civil War. In 2001, he returned to his work on health in Africa, writing on the intersection of HIV/AIDS, poverty and governance, and initiated the Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa.

Following a fellowship with the Global Equity Initiative at Harvard (2004-06), he worked with the Social Science Research Council as Director of the program on HIV/AIDS and Social Transformation, and led projects on conflict and humanitarian crises in Africa (2006-09). During 2005-06, de Waal was seconded to the African Union mediation team for Darfur and from 2009-11 served as senior adviser to the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan. He was on the list of Foreign Policy’s 100 most influential public intellectuals in 2008 and Atlantic Monthly’s 27 “brave thinkers” in 2009.

In Fall 2013, Professor de Waal is teaching Conflict in Africa.

This course will not be taught in Fall 2014. During the academic year 2014-2015, Professor de Waal will be working with colleagues at The Fletcher School's Institute for Human Security to develop a new course on human security. More details forthcoming as the course develops. 

Publications by Alex de Waal

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Bridget Conley-Zilkic is the Research Director of the World Peace Foundation and lead researcher on the How Mass Atrocities End project. She previously worked as Research Director for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Conscience.  She led the Museum’s research and projects on contemporary threats of genocide, including curating an interactive installation From Memory to Action: Meeting the Challenge of Genocide Today. She received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Binghamton University in 2001, writing about cultural responses to humanitarian interventions in Bosnia and Haiti.

Professor Conley-Zilkic will be teaching Understanding Mass Atrocities in Spring 2015.

Publications by Bridget Conley-Zilkic

Bridget Conley-Zilkic

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Lisa Avery is Program Assistant to the World Peace Foundation. Lisa was previously employed as Administrative Specialist, Purchaser and Executive Assistant at Good Earth Teas in Santa Cruz, California, and graduated from Framingham State University as a Liberal Arts major.

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2014-2015 Research Assistants

Clint Shoemake photo Clint Shoemake is a U.S. Department of State Pickering Fellow currently studying at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in preparation for entering the Foreign Service as a career diplomat. At the State Department, Clint has worked in the Office of the Coordinator for Cuban Affairs and for the Refugee Coordination Office for Central Africa at U.S. Embassy Kampala. A Senior Editor for The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Clint's other experiences include conducting research with Vital Voices in Ghana and working on an oral history project with Tibetan refugees in India. He holds a BA in anthropology and political science from the University of Arkansas.

Lauren Spink is an MA candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy where she studies human security and issues of gender in conflict, migration and post-conflict reconstruction. Lauren has a background in conducting field based interviews with refugee applicants for the Resettlement Support Center (RSC) in sub-Saharan Africa and with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Balkans. Her current research is focused on the refugee and asylum process as a site of gender, memory, and narrative construction.

2013-2014 Research Assistants

Roxanne Krystalli is a researcher and practitioner at the intersection of gender and armed conflict, with a regional interest in Latin America and East Africa. Her research interests include variations in wartime sexual violence, qualitative differences in mass atrocities, the gender dimensions of transitional justice, with a focus on memorialization, narratives, and trauma, and a comparative study of enforced disappearances. Prior to her graduate studies at the Fletcher School, Roxanne worked in the field of conflict management through a gender lens in affiliation with international organizations in Sudan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Pakistan, Colombia, Guatemala, Egypt, Uganda and other areas. Roxanne graduated from Harvard University with a degree in History and Literature.

Lauren Kitz is an MA candidate in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School studying human rights, democratization, and the design of transitional justice initiatives in conflict-affected societies. Her recent experience includes community engagement projects assessing levels of civil society development and attitudes towards reconciliation for The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Lauren holds a BA from Bard College in Literature with a Human Rights concentration.